‘Farm-to-school’ grants improve access to Minnesota-grown food in schools
  • Over $700,000 in new state grant funding will improve access to Minnesota-grown food in schools.

    Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Tuesday announced the recipients of the Farm to School and Early Care Grants, which will reach 48 school districts and 14 early childhood education centers and expand market opportunities for Minnesota producers.

    “Here in Minnesota, school breakfast and lunch aren’t just free, they are also healthy and nutrient packed,” Flanagan shared in a statement. “Through the Farm to School program, we are making it easier for schools to provide meals with Minnesota-grown and-raised ingredients which fuel our students for success.”  The grants, which total $724,000 and will be administered through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, are designed to either help districts begin local purchasing (First Bite Grant), or help districts with procurement experience take on larger projects (Full Tray Grant).   Locally, schools that received the grants are:

  • Tracy Area Schools, Tracy 
    • Full Tray Grant: $10,400
    • Equipment Award: $21,990
    • Murray County Central Schools, Slayton
      • First Bite Grant: $2,500
    • Source: Bring Me the News